Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 9
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by asimba2 A weather smart timer that actually works
I do not often rate products with five stars, however this product is a good one. I will not get into the specs as you can obtain that elsewhere, but I will comment on two specific topics, ease of use and my observations on the weathersmart programming.
Let's begin with ease of use. The system installs like any other irrigation timer, other than the need to install the wireless weather station box in a nearby outside location. Mine is secured to my fence just outside of my garage door, in open view of the sky. On a rare occasion the timer loses contact with the wireless weather station, but it notifies you by beeping and I simply take the battery door off the weather station momentarily, then reconnect it so it can re-pair with the timer. This occurs once every couple of months and might be related to my thick stucco home.
This is the first irrigation timer I have owned that is reasonably intuitive to use. I suspect many will need to glance through the owner’s manual, but you will probably never need the manual again after that. Once you have set up the watering times for each zone, I really appreciate having an LCD screen where I can quickly determine watering start and stop times, run-time length, days of watering, etc., on the same screen. I appreciate the ability to water my lawn everyday while my native plants drip irrigate for a full hour once per week. Most timers do not offer the ability to water different zones on completely different schedules.
The weathersmart feature works well. Some cheaper brands simply have a rain detector--whether it rains a fraction of an inch or 4 inches, they shut down for a predetermined amount of time. This one has a tipping bucket to more accurately measure rainfall and will vary the amount of time it shuts down from mere hours to many days. It works well. Right now mine is shut down for 86 hours because we received a decent rain yesterday. Don't be concerned when your system still waters after a light drizzle, it takes…say, tenths of an inch of rain to delay watering.
The system also varies watering throughout the seasons. Program it for the hottest part of the summer and as you move toward fall and winter, it automatically waters less. This works, and I like knowing that while I am on vacation it will adjust watering based on actual weather. Now I don't have to feel like the village idiot with my sprinker system running during a rainstorm while I am on vacation.
There is not much to complain about. Programming any sprinkler timer is a chore, but this one makes it as easy as it's going to get considering all of the watering options it makes available. The only request I have is for Rain Drip to provide more on-screen feedback on how much it has reduced watering during the non-summer months. Great product.
February 17, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Smith Good replacement timer.
Easy to install and programming is a fairly simple task.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ToolTimeAl Better Than Expected
Great timer, easy to install and did just what it is supposed to do when it rained. We are saving water!
October 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Srdpmorais Great product!
IMO this timer is the best you can buy. I've used many irrigation timers before and this is by far the most flexible and highest quality unit I've ever purchased. Documentation is great and unit is very easy to install. Large display is helpful and programming is very intuitive.
July 23, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by John Theirs just hasn't broken yet
The main feature of this product is the wireless weather station's ability to control the watering schedule. However, if you had the experience of owning this product for some length of time, you've surely had to replace the batteries. The weather station is constructed of poor quality and easily snaps when removing the weather station from it's metal mounting bracket. The metal bracket is solid- too solid- and after one year of weatherization on the plastic, the plastic cracked. So now the weather station can't stay on the mounting hardware- it would very obviously fall with the slightest wind. A very futuristic wireless weather sensor ought to be robust enough to endure the basic wear and tear of performing it's function. This weather station does not meet that criteria.
March 23, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Claysthename Second bad timer
I first bought this product about one year ago. That unit failed within two weeks (screen continually flashing). Home Depot allowed me to exchange it for an identical replacement. That unit failed this week. This time the timer was repeatedly turning on/off one of the sprinkler valves very quickly. The timer opened the solenoid and the water would just begin to flow when the timer suddenly turned off the solenoid again. I have a 25 psi flow restrictor at each valve but the pressure created by this pattern was still strong enough to blow one of the drip system emitters off sixty feet away from the valve. I unplugged the timer for 10 minutes and when I plugged it back it still wasn't working. The next day it seemed to be fine but I no longer trust it at this point.
I really hate to write this review because the unit was easy to install and reasonably easy to use. The watering times adjusted as expected and the batteries in the remote wireless temperature/rain gauge were still fine after one year. The price was 'right' too (I had to spend $150 to replace it with the equivalent model from Rain Bird).
May 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 60yearoldkid One shortfall!
Used the WeatherSmartPro to replace an existing control. Love the clean lines and display, however, the directions could be improved (only reason I dinged it). Instructions to "press the settings button" fail to advise that it's behind the front cover plate (not obvious,
June 13, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by skepticsam Awesome
Great quality. Durable. Strong. Had this over year. Easy to program. Works like a charm . Saves time and money. Reliable and a good name. Tried several brands,. From Az. and it gets 120.
July 26, 2013